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To Self-Actualize You Must Actually Plan

b2ap3_thumbnail_7K0A0079-800x533Okay!  I know!  The suggestion implied in the title of this post would seem self-evident.  On the other hand, it seems to me far too many people try to become all they want to be by doing as little as they possibly can.  How they figure they can pull that off is beyond me!

By its very definition, self-actualization is challenging.  Consider just one definition of the concept as confirmation of that point.  “To achieve one’s full potential.”  That definition suggests to me one can’t realize their full potential by putting forth an empty effort.

Here’s what you need to do to actually plan your ultimate self-actualization.  First, think about it as St. Francis suggests:  “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

His thought offers you a flash of clarity which is the key to any plan working for you.  What’s necessary in any good plan is, first, for you to develop a clear vision of what it is you want to achieve.  Create a vision statement that summarizes all you want to do, be and have over the next five years.

Next create a powerful statement of why you want to achieve those things.  Without a passionate reason why you will not have the emotional strength to achieve anything let alone the vision you just created.  You will not be able to do “what’s necessary,” per St. Francis.

With vision and passion in place, next is to build a plan with detailed action steps that’s built around “what’s possible” given your current circumstances and resources.  As you act on this plan what will happen is you will create new possibilities that didn’t exist when you started.  In other words, you will be doing things that at one time you would have seen as impossible.

If you actually plan as I’ve suggested, you will actualize yourself to your full potential!

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